430 000 IDs still uncollected

2012-08-14 14:29

Close to 430 000 identity documents (IDs) still need to be collected from Home Affairs offices around the country, Director-General Mkuseli Apleni said.

Briefing MPs on duplicate and uncollected IDs, Apleni said today the new tariff system had drastically reduced the number of uncollected IDs, from last year’s figure of 880 000.

Apleni acknowledged that there were still problems, as many people were not coming forward to collect IDs, or to verify whether their identity numbers were duplicated.

Over 300 000 documents were waiting to be picked up at home affairs’ head office, while 125 000 were still at provincial home affairs offices.

“The bulk of uncollected IDs are re-issues,” Apleni said.

He said several measures were in place to alert people to pick up their IDs, including SMSes.

“People pay R140 and still don’t collect. You can’t live without an ID document. You need it to get your grant, your driver’s licence,” he said.

The department had also identified close to 30 000 cases where people shared an ID number.

Despite the department going to great lengths to publish the names of those with duplicate ID numbers, the response was slow.

Less than 10% of people had contacted the department to have their cases investigated and cleared up.

Apleni suspected that foreigners were involved and would not come forward.

In addition, the department had got the SA Social Security Agency, TransUnion, the SA Banking Risk Information Centre, MTN and Vodacom to run the numbers against their databases.

Apleni believed the new ID smart card system, once rolled out nationally, would resolve the problem.

“It’s based on a fingerprint. There’s no way ID numbers can be duplicated,” he said.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.